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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 18, 20174min750

Senate President Kevin Grantham seems confident a quarter of the way into the legislative session that lawmakers are moving toward tackling the session’s big priority item: They’re going to agree to raise funds for desperately needed transportation upgrades around the state. That’s what he told constituents in his periodic “Dome to Home” newsletter this weekend. As he explained, lawmakers have decided to send a referendum to voters asking to raise taxes for a limited number of years to pay for the upgrades. Lawmakers are also deciding how much money to ask for and what kind of agreement about larger spending priorities should be attached to the deal.